[The Week in Geek is a weekly Tuesday column that plunges headfirst into a deep pool of genre geekiness without ever coming up for air.]
If there's one thing the 'Lord of the Rings' movies are missing, it's a hefty dose of fun and stupidity. Before you can say, "They don't make 'em like they used to," along comes David Gordon Green's'Your Highness' -- an idiocy-filled love letter to sword-clanging epics where the men were men and the women were topless. "I laugh at just the novelty that it exists," says Green, who conceived the film through a jokey game with 'Your Highness' star Danny McBride between takes on the set of 'All the Real Girls.' They'd make up a movie title, then spitball a plot right there on the spot.
"We just wanted to throw every rule imaginable out the door," Green elaborated on 'Your Highness,' which sees McBride and Franco as royal pot-smoking brothers on a quest to rescue a virginal damsel in distress (Zooey Deschanel) from an evil wizard (Justin Theroux). Green's aiming to not only entice fans of dumb comedies, but old-school fantasy film buffs as well. With the help of Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, Green assembled a triple feature around his new film -- an all-out celebration of might and magic featuring 'Sword and the Sorcerer' and 'Krull.'